Studio Stories 10: Peter Large & Margaret Maloney

After a good long break, it’s time for more stories from art studios! The August 3, 2018 episode features a late spring interview with Amherst Island artist Peter Large and photographer Margaret Maloney.

Unfortunately I did not receive any images from my guests, but you can check out Peter Large’s Neilson Store Museum at the neilsonstoremuseum.ca home page, and his Blandings Turtle (discussed) here (thumbnails shown below).

Neilson Store Museum by Peter G S Large, Amherst Island artist Road Warrior by Peter G S Large, Amherst Island artist

Peter and Margaret reside and have a studio on the Amherst Island at 9820 Front Road, and are happy to open it to visitors. Please call (613) 384-7925 to book an appointment. Peter Large’s work can also be found in the Weasel and Easel, open seasonally at 5220 Front Road in Stella on Amherst Island.

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Studio Stories 9: Chris Laffin

For the June 15, 2018 episode I visited island artist Chris Laffin in his studio in the village of Stella.

Chris Laffin studio, Amherst Island

Here are some of Chris Laffin’s sketches and paintings, including ones we discuss in the interview:

View Chris’s work on the studio tour in the fall of 2018 or look him up in the book to make an appointment.

In case you’re curious, Chris mentions some influences and current artists in the interview, including: Jules Bastien-LepageIlya Repin, and John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmid, and Jeremy Lipking.

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Studio Stories 8: Vera Bobson

For the June 1, 2018 episode I took a detour on a trip to Toronto in early April to visit abstract watercolourist Vera Bobson. I met Vera at an art show in Toronto earlier this year and was struck by her vibrant use of colour, bold geometric shapes, and particularly the way she used watercolours. So I asked her then and there if she might consider being on my little island volunteer radio show, and contacted her a couple of months later to do so.

Here is Vera’s bright and cheerful 2nd floor Toronto studio:

Vera Bobson's Toronto studio, copyright 2018 Lynn Wyminga

A couple of Vera Bobson’s watercolour works that we mention in the show, the more representational right and the more abstract left.

Vera Bobson watercolour art, copyright 2018 Lynn Wyminga

Vera herself (taken from her Instagram @verabobson):

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A couple more of Bobson’s watercolours (and to see more, follow the links below):

Vera Bobson watercolour

Vera Bobson watercolour art

As mentioned in the episode, Vera Bobson’s gallery will be a part of Toronto’s West End Art Collective Studio Tour Friday June 1 through Sunday June 3, 2018. Find out more at arttourcollective.com.

Also mentioned in the episode, three pieces of Vera’s work are currently in an online exhibition of the Society of Canadian Artists (Wrapped, Green Quad, and Three Squares, shown above), several in the Koyman Gallery in Ottawa, and at Latitude 44 Gallery in Toronto.  You can also visit Vera Bobson’s home gallery on the west side of Toronto (contact first). Visit the website at verabobson.com or follow Vera Bobson on Instagram @verabobson.

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In case you’re curious, Vera mentions some contemporary artists in the interview, including Jake Mol, Margaret Roseman, Christopher Schink, John LennardDoris McCarthy, Katherine Chang Liu, Skip Lawrence, and I mention sculptor and art teacher Dorsey James.

All images used with permission of the artist.

Studio Stories 7: Brian Little

On Friday, May 25, 2018, the week of our annual Amherst Island Radio fundraiser, I will be hanging out LIVE in the CJAI studio (the dairy barn) with island photographer Brian Little, talking about Brian’s beginnings and work, raising money, and maybe playing a few tunes as well. Who knows? It’s live radio, which I’ve never done! It’s a bonus episode, and I apologize in advance for my “uhh”s, stutters, and pauses, which I can usually handily edit out.

Be sure to tune in to hear Brian’s story, and as a bonus, we have a couple of prizes to give away to people who call in and pledge, including a handmade ceramic mug from previous guest Mayo Underwood, and a gift card from Art Noise, shop of previous guest Rhéni Tauchid!

Here’s a sampling of Brian’s photos:

Frontenac II by Brian Little Photography
Frontenac II by Brian Little Photography
Bicycle by Brian Little Photography
Bicycle by Brian Little Photography
Snowy Owl by Brian Little Photography
Snowy Owl by Brian Little Photography
Red barn and tractor by Brian Little Photography
Red barn and tractor by Brian Little Photography

See Brian Little’s photos in person (call ahead to book an appointment 613-389-3111) in his home studio at 1355 Second Concession on Amherst Island, seasonally in the Weasel and Easel on Amherst Island, and online at brianlittlephoto.com.

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All images used with permission from brianlittlephoto.com

Studio Stories 6: Susan Friesen

For the May 18, 2018 episode I visited the studio of Amherst Island artist Susan Friesen (pre-recorded in March 2018). Her daughter took a fantastic photo of her studio and Susan allowed me to use it here (click for the full photo):

Susan Friesen in her Amherst Island studio

We spoke about her early work of women and girls:

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Early work by Susan Friesen: Two Girls Walking (oil)

And more recent flower work:

Flower (oil) by Susan Friesen
Flower (oil) by Susan Friesen

Also her intricately detailed coloured pencil drawings of birds:

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Birds (coloured pencils) by Susan Friesen

For more information and a look at more of Susan’s work, please visit her website susanfriesen.ca.

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Studio Stories 5: Rhéni Tauchid

Rhéni TauchidOn the May 4, 2018 episode of Studio Stories, we head downtown to visit painter, author, and art educator Rhéni Tauchid. Rhéni took Lynn on a tour of their paint factory, in the midst of which her studio lies. We also headed down to their shop on Princess St, where they have a couple of gallery rooms, and a classroom studio. Rhéni will be coming to The Lodge on Amherst Island to teach a weekend workshop called Horizon Lines.


2 paintings by Rheni Tauchid
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Fun texture & colours in this painting by Rheni Tauchid
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Below is one of Rhéni’s larger mixed media pieces in the shop gallery – press “play” below to see it shimmer.

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In this episode we discuss the OOPS paint line.
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For more information, see www.rhenitauchid.com or find her on Instagram @rtauchid.

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Studio Stories 4: Paul Cuyler

For the April 20, 2018 episode of Studio Stories, we visit the workshop across the road from the Neilson Store Museum and Cultural Centre on Amherst Island and talk to Paul Cuyler. Paul takes old metal bits and bobs of all sizes and shapes and previous functions, and creates art. Join us as we have a chat outside his workshop on a sunny March afternoon about his beginnings, his work, and his new artistic partner.

Apologies to our listeners for the extra noises of puppy, wind, birds, and rural traffic, as we did this interview outside Paul’s workshop on a sunny March day.

Blacksmith and artist Paul Cuyler & the car body he made in his Amherst Island workshop

Samples of Paul’s work that we discuss in this episode are shown below:

Elegant bird by Paul Cuyler
The simple, elegant bird by Paul Cuyler, head is shaped by hammer.
Paul Cuyler metal sculpture Herve
Hervé, with a face made from a water pump with a brake rotor boater hat.
Paul & Ben Cuyler's trillium
Many hands make lighter work with this, one of many trilliums

Paul’s workshop is at 5245 Front Road in Stella on Amherst Island, Ontario. He tells me if there’s work out in front of the workshop on the lawn, it’s for sale, so be sure to stop by and have a look at his metal artwork if you’re on the island.

Paul and Ben will be selling their original artwork at the Spring Blossom Craft Show at the Picton Arena/Community Centre on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:30am-4:30pm, and at Art Among the Ruins at 27 Earl St. in Newburgh on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10am-5pm.

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